Reflections | Arts Festival

A celebration of Bold Park Community School.


A community school is founded in relationships, and the connectedness that was experienced by our community on Friday 13 September was breathtaking.

It was an Arts festival, a whole school focus night and a significant birthday celebration all rolled into one. An event like Reflections is achieved only through the contributions of everyone.

The amazing pictures captured on the night can be viewed below along with some thoughts we received from parents and staff who attended.

Images by @ProvingSunshine

Friday night’s Art Festival was mind-blowing. The work and energy that must have gone into putting the night together did not go unnoticed and is appreciated beyond words. Every time Bold Park puts on an event it reminds me exactly why I send my child (hopefully with number 2 to follow next year!!). The community vibe makes us feel like one big family and to be surrounded by parents and teachers who believe wholeheartedly that there is a better way to educate our children gives me hope that my children will leave the school system believing that they can achieve anything because they have been nurtured and supported by a likeminded community.

Parent, Bold Park Community School

Images by Rory Henderson

I’m not sure what I was expecting but the experience exceeded my imagination :).  As an old parent, it was quite a journey walking through the gate and classroom doors of early childhood. I could still see my two children in those spaces and in many ways, they felt the same – only with more seasoning and strength. I bumped into so many teachers I’ve not seen for so long like Kathleen, Mira and Stephanie. Such a joy.
It was the same in the primary school. The structures no longer seem ‘new with possibility’ but they remain overflowing with endless expectant energy. Sandstone heft and fresh fragrances holding hands. And – wow – the performance. The singing and songwriting. The connectedness they displayed. The story telling …. and yes, goodness me, the dance. My biggest joy was watching my boy feel proud of himself. He’d pulled off his unthinkable and was not proven a fool. … The production values were just outstanding. Performance is where I spend my work days, and I was just so impressed. Rhys’ comment about his student colleagues really summed up this wonderful amalgamation of technical expertise bringing to life a narrative made up of children telling their own stories. Powerful. Thanks to your team for giving such a wonderful experience to the community.

Parent, Bold Park Community School

What an incredible night- I completely agree! I was blown away by the way the Middle School students stepped up last night, committing to their mini-scenes for 20 minutes straight. The atmosphere was set by our spectacular poets at different stages of the performance and it was amazing to watch the reactions of the audience as they left the space. Thank you to all the staff that helped prepare the space, watch the rehearsals and give us feedback. I must say that the College ballet performance was what I was looking forward to the most and I was not disappointed. To see students who are not confident performers get up there and be a part of something amazing was so special. It was also awesome to see their ballet coach up there applauding them. Thank you Rhys and the Arts team for an incredible night. 

Malora Rosario, Teacher, Bold Park Community School


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